Ajax defender Jurrien Timber, a Manchester United transfer target from 12 months ago, has admitted that ‘a transfer is getting closer’ ahead of a summer window that will see him move on from Amsterdam.
The young defender was top of Erik ten Hag’s wishlist along with Antony when he made the move to Old Trafford last summer, but ultimately opted to sign a new contract with Ajax.
Predominantly a right centre-back, the resurgence of Raphael Varane may have negated the desperate need for Timber’s arrival, but the 21-year-old remains a top target for the Red Devils.
With the futures of both Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof unclear, it could still be a move that they look to pull off, though at present it is believed that their focus lies in central midfield and in a striker before any other position this summer.
It means that they may miss out on Timber, with the Dutchman revealing that a move away from Ajax is in the works this summer amid ‘a lot of concrete interest’, though it remains to be seen how many clubs will be able to stump up the hefty fee required to lure him away from the Netherlands.
“A transfer is getting closer”, he told Dutch media. “There’s a lot of concrete interest and I have agreements with Ajax. Last year, Ajax asked me to stay for at least one more season and extend my contract. I did that because I love this club.”
Ten Hag may be keen to reunite with the defender, who he coached at Ajax, but it may take several sales and a successful takeover of the club in order to realise that dream this summer.